22 February 2005
Emergency Drill for Ma On Shan Rail
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) carried out an emergency drill near Tai Shui Hang Station in the early morning today. Various emergency services organisations, including the Fire Services Department, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Hospital Authority, the Auxiliary Medical Services and the Civil Aid Services also took part in the drill. This is the first joint emergency drill held for Ma On Shan (MOS) Rail since its commissioning on 21 December last year.
In the drill scenario, the driver of an overloaded lorry transporting rock fragments on the flyover lost control of his lorry and hit the parapet of the flyover. As a result, a few rock fragments dropped onto MOS Rail tracks. Simultaneously, a MOS Rail train was approaching the scene and hit the rock fragments though the train driver had immediately applied the brake to stop the train. KCRC staff and relevant emergency services teams were summoned to the spot to assist in the evacuation of passengers and the rescue of 20 injured passengers.
KCRC Safety & Quality Manager Mr Alex Lau said, "The rescue teams made use of the Emergency Access Point near Tai Shui Hang Station, one of the emergency exits along Ma On Shan Rail for the use of passenger evacuation. This arrangement not only speeds up the whole rescue process, but also tests the effectiveness and responsiveness of various rescue teams in handling emergency situations. All the rescue teams worked well together and demonstrated high levels of coordination and communication. The result was satisfactory."
The exercise was held after the close of rail traffic to avoid any disruption to train service. KCRC organises a number of large-scale joint emergency drills jointly with external parties every year to ensure the best possible responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among KCRC staff and various emergency services organisations.
KCRC organised a large-scale joint emergency drill in the early morning of 22 February for Ma On Shan Rail, the first time of its kind since the new railway commissioned.
Rescue team makes use of the Emergency Access Point near Tai Shui Hang Station in taking the injured passengers away from the scene.
KCRC staff set up a temporary Incident Control Point at the spot for co-ordination and communication among the emergency services organisations in the rescue operations.